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Kurt Palka


Kurt Palka

Kurt Palka was born and educated in Austria. He began his working life in Africa where he wrote for the African Mirror and made wildlife films in Kenya and Tanzania. He has worked on international stories for CTV and GLOBAL TV, wrote for American and Canadian publications such as the Chronicle Herald and the Globe and Mail, and worked as a Senior Producer for the CBC. CLARA (originally published in hardcover as PATIENT NUMBER 7) is his fifth novel; it is a finalist for the Hammett Prize.

Photo Credit: Heather Chisvin

Kurt Palka

Books by Kurt Palka

by Kurt Palka - Fiction, Historical Fiction, Historical Mystery, Mystery

Clara Herzog is a privileged, intelligent and thoughtful young woman whose world is changed forever when 1930s Vienna is swept up by the dark prelude of the Second World War. The cavalry officer she married is soon called away to the thick of the conflict, and it falls to Clara to stay at home to provide and protect. Through the war, its aftermath, and into the present, Clara must make choices and take risks that are as heroic and life-altering as any that men make in battle.